AAA: Reno 1, Sacramento 0
- It appears that after yesterday’s 26 runs and all those home runs, both teams were tired for Sunday’s game, as the teams combined for just seven hits.
- Michael Plassmeyer took the start, allowing just one run on two hits and four walks, and took a big of a hard luck loss. The one run came on a home run, his second given up this year.
- Mauricio Llovera struck out three on 1.2 innings. Llovera has been one of Sacramento’s most consistent relievers. In 7.2 innings over four games, he’s struck out 11 and walked just one.
- Gregory Santos had a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk. He had his fastball up to 99.9 mph. He failed to strike anyone out, though. Over 5.2 innings this season, he has struck out 7 batters and walked five.
- Kervin Castro also had a scoreless inning, also without a strikeout. For the season, he has six strikeouts and four walks in 4.0 innings, but has yet to give up a hit.
- The best day offensively for any Alex Bandino, who was 1-for-2 with two walks. Blandino is 6-for-32 over nine games this season, but has 7 walks, leading to a .188 batting average but a .366 on-base percentage.
- And in the lack of hitting, Ka’ai Tom was held hitless for the first time this season. He had a 7-game hitting streak until today.
AA: Richmond 6, Altoona 2
- It was a big finish for the Flying Squirrels in extra innings. In the 10th inning, with a ghost runner placed on second, Shane Matheny hit a sacrifice bunt to advance the runner to third. Altoona issued two intentional walks to load the bases and get the forces at all plates, and to face Will Wilson. Wilson got a pitch to hit, and crushed it for a walkoff grand slam to win the game. It was a satisfying end to the game for Wilson, who had struck out three times in four previous at-bats.
- Following up last night’s fireworks, there were three batters hit by pitches. Richmond starter Tristan Beck hit DH Lolo Sanchez with a pitch to lead off the second, but there appeared to be no anger on either side. In the 5th, Sean Roby was hit in the head while ducking to get away from a curveball, but was okay. He and the pitcher talked while Roby walked to first, with the pitcher Luis Oviedo appearing to say it wasn’t intentional. Later in the inning, Rob Emery was hit by a different pitcher, J.C. Flowers on a pitch in on the hands, which loaded the bases. This hurt Altoona in the game, as it loaded the bases and led to Roby scoring Richmond’s first run on a bases-loaded walk. The game’s only ejection came to lead off the next inning, as Altoona second baseman Tucupita Marcano was ejected after lining out in the 6th inning. That did not appear to have anything to do with Richmond, as Marcano was chirping at the home plate umpire throughout the at-bat, and apparently said something to her as he ran behind home plate (out of his way) after the play at first, which led to his ejection.
- Tristan Beck made his second start of the season, allowing two runs on just two hits and a HBP, one of those hits was a home run. He struck out six on the day, and now has 12 strikeouts to 9.0 innings, to three walks.
- Ryan Walker pitched a quiet inning, bouncing back after giving up four runs in his previous appearance. He dropped his ERA to 12.27 from 16.88 in some early season math.
- Tyler Schimpf struck out the side in his third appearance. He now has four strikeouts to one walk in 3.0 innings.
- R.J. Dabovich threw two scoreless innings in relief to get a win. He now has four strikeouts and still no walks in 4.0 innings.
High-A: Spokane 8, Eugene 1
- The only run for the Emeralds in this game came in the first at-bat, as Hunter Bishop hit his first home run of the season. Hopefully Bishop is getting going, and is 3-for-8 over his last two games.
- Luis Matos picked up a hit and a walk. Matos has been off to a cold start, going 5-for-28 (.179) in his first seven games. The walk is his first walk of the year, to five strikeouts.
- Second baseman Ghordy Santos was also 1-for-3 with a walk. Santos, who had the game-winning home run on Friday, now has a 6-game hitting streak to start the season, including both games of Saturday’s doubleheader. He’s got a .389/.476/.611 batting line to start the year.
- It was a tough first start of the season for Nick Swiney, who gave up five runs (four earned) in 4.0 innings, with five hits and three walks. Swiney also threw four wild pitches and an error on a pickoff throw. The five runs allowed in this game matches the total he allowed in 2021 over 32.1 innings.
Low-A: Fresno 2, San Jose 1
San Jose Notes:
- Matt Mikulski took the start for San Jose and had a very nice start, with four scoreless innings. He only got one strikeout, but kept runners mostly off the bases, giving up just three hits. He allowed just one run in eight innings, leading to a 1.13 ERA
- The Giants ended up losing the game in the 9th inning, as Hunter Dula gave up two unearned runs on two hits a walk, and was hurt by a dropped foul pop fly that led to both runs being unearned. Dula’s ERA stays at 0.00 with the unearned runs, and has six strikeouts to four hits and two walks in 5.0 innings.
- Aeverson Arteaga was one of two Giants with two hits, including his first double. Arteaga’s batting line is .267/.389/.400 with a double and a home run after eight games.
- The other Giant with two hits was Abdiel Layer, who doubled his hit total on the year, so he’s now 4-for-26 (.154). He also picked up his second double of the year.
- Trevor McDonald threw two scoreless endings. He’s struck out eight with two walks over 5.2 innings this season.